posted on Nov, 30 2012 @ 09:55 AM
Thirty-two people have now died and 438 have been sickened in the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections, U.S. health
officials reported Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had the following state-by-state breakdown of cases: Florida: 23 cases,
including 3 deaths; Georgia, 1 case; Idaho, 1 case; Illinois, 2 cases; Indiana: 52 cases, including 4 deaths; Maryland: 23 cases, including 1 death;
Michigan: 128 cases, including 7 deaths; Minnesota: 11 cases; New Hampshire: 13 cases; New Jersey: 27 cases; New York: 1 case; North Carolina: 3
cases, including 1 death; Ohio: 16 cases; Pennsylvania: 1 case; Rhode Island: 3 cases; South Carolina: 1 case; Tennessee: 81 cases, including 13
deaths; Texas: 2 cases; Virginia: 50 cases, including 2 deaths.
Ten of the 438 cases involve what the CDC calls "peripheral joint infection," meaning an infection in a knee, hip, shoulder or elbow. These joint
infections aren't considered as dangerous as injections near the spine for back pain that have been linked to the potentially fatal meningitis
infections. Meningitis is inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The steroid injections are used to treat pain in the lower
back as well as joints. Massachusetts officials said last week that they had put emergency regulations in place that give the state greater control
and scrutiny over specialty pharmacies such as the New England Compounding Center, believed to be the source of the tainted steroid injections linked
to the outbreak, according to published reports.